Poetry Workshop
Mar
1
10:00 AM10:00

Poetry Workshop

Katrina Naomi has just returned from 6-weeks in Japan, as part of her residency at the Leach Pottery, she is running a one-day Japanese-themed poetry workshop. The workshop is open to all - from beginners to more experienced poets. We will look at Japanese forms of poetry and Japanese poets - with a focus on female poets. We will also will write in response to a special exhibitions at the Leach during the day. Bring pens, paper and come prepared to write.

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
Mar
15
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

 

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

For more information

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Open Day : Janet Leach Inspired Workshop & Events
Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Open Day : Janet Leach Inspired Workshop & Events

The Leach Pottery begins its ‘10 Year Anniversary’ with an Open Day that continues throughout the weekend: the Museum will be free to visit from 1pm onwards on Friday.

As part of the opening you will able to enjoy a new hands-on, family- focussed Janet Leach inspired clay activity in the Museum, see two new exhibitions prior to their official opening in the evening: ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ in the Entrance Gallery and ‘10 Year Anniversary’ in the Cube Gallery, enjoy a chat and nibbles with staff and volunteers around the site and explore the pottery, museum and shop.

There will also be an opportunity to register for our new free ‘Leach Pottery Locals’ Pass’ if you live in the TR26 and TR27 postcodes, providing entry to the Leach Pottery for a year. All those registering for a ‘Locals’ Pass’, on this day, will be entered into a raffle to win one of 10 Leach Standard Ware Mugs.

No booking required but please come early, we hope it will be very busy!

For more information about other 10 year anniversary celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'
Mar
23
6:00 PM18:00

Exhibition Preview - 'Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach' & '10 Year Anniversary'

You are warmly invited to the opening of two new exhibitions.  ‘Reunion: Potters From The Time Of Bernard Leach’ (24 March - 1 July 2018) - a selling exhibition presented in the Reception Gallery, showcasing pots from working potters who apprenticed, trained, and worked, during the time of Bernard Leach and, at the same time, the opening of a new Cube Gallery exhibition ‘10 Year Anniversary’ (24 March 2018 - March 2019), telling the story of the Leach Pottery’s renovation and renewal.

Please come and enjoy a relaxed visit to the museum and galleries, have a glass of wine, some nibbles and chat to our staff and volunteers.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations, please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Open Weekend
Mar
24
to Mar 25

Open Weekend

Come and visit us on Saturday and Sunday as part of our Open Weekend. Enjoy free entry to the museum to see our two new exhibitions, sign up for your Leach Locals' Pass, and get involved in our Free family Hey Clay activities in the Clore Studio, as part of the Crafts Council’s national event.

To find out more about our 10 Year Anniversary celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

 

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Open Weekend : Easter
Mar
31
to Apr 1

Open Weekend : Easter

The Leach Pottery continues celebrating its ‘10 Year Anniversary’, including the launch of a new Leach Trail, a second Open Weekend, where you can visit the museum free of charge on Saturday and Sunday. We will also be holding one of our very popular ‘Spring Seconds Sales’ - a chance to snap up a bargain from our range of Leach standard ware and individual potters' work.

For more information about our 10 Year Anniversary Celebrations please follow this link

10 Year Anniversary

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
May
10
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

For more information

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Have A Go-  Janet Leach is 100
Feb
15
10:30 AM10:30

Have A Go- Janet Leach is 100

In order to mark Janet Leach's 100th Birthday coming up in a months time and to celebrate her contribution to the Leach Pottery we will be making small slab built forms using moulds and hand building techniques and then decorating them using expressive slip decoration, similar to her organic approach to making.

Janet Leach was originally from Texas and married Bernard Leach in 1955.  She was his third wife and looked after and ran the pottery alongside him for 40 years.  She had her own ideas about pottery and exhibited her work widely around the world.

This event is FREE upon entry to the museum and will take place in the Clore Learning Studio at the top of the Leach Pottery site, and is aimed for everybody to Have A GO".

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Clay Days
Feb
13
to Feb 14

Clay Days

Join us for family friendly creative sessions where your child can enjoy hands-on
clay activities during the half term holiday.
Ages 6 - 12

Cost: £8 per child per workshop including tuition, materials and firing.
Pre-booking is essential - see our website for details. 
Tues 13 February - Sculptures
Weds 14 February - Tiles

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Poet in Residence
Jan
19
to Feb 2

Poet in Residence

We are really excited about having our first ‘Poet in Residence’. Katrina Naomi is a poet, tutor/poetry mentor, translator and critic.

She has received an international grant award from Arts Council England/British Council to travel to Japan in autumn 2017 to work on her third collection. After her residency here she will be coming back on 1st March for a Poetry Workshop.

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Half day Taster Session: Throwing Taster
Jan
11
10:00 AM10:00

Half day Taster Session: Throwing Taster

 

This short course offers an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. The workshop is taught by one of our professional potters. Other dates are available throughout the year.

Overview

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Maximum of 4 students
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere.

Further details

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Have A Go Xmas
Dec
21
10:30 AM10:30

Have A Go Xmas

Come and have a go at making Xmas decorations with us in the 'Hands On' activity area in the museum this Xmas Holiday.  We will be using air drying clay which can be taken away and when dry painted and hung up on your tree.  The museum will have the Old Fire lit where Bernard Leach used to sit with his team of potters and discuss the days work ahead and drink tea. 

No booking required. All participation is free on entry to the museum.  Under 18s are free.

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Adrian Brough: Throwing Course
Nov
15
10:00 AM10:00

Adrian Brough: Throwing Course

Stoneware Slipware

This is a throwing masterclass exploring form and more particularly surface, using slips, incising and other creative techniques. Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants in this session will enjoy the unique experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

Level: Intermediate/ advanced throwers

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Feast & Flames
Nov
3
6:00 PM18:00

Feast & Flames

Join us for an informal autumn evening of feasting, music, raku pottery firing and the opening of a new exhibition : 'Teachers' Pots'.

Guests will be able to eat, drink and get creative in the inspiring surroundings of the our historic studio, gallery and garden as the Leach Pottery teams up with local wine merchant and restaurant Scarlet Wines. They will be providing a pop-up pizza kitchen using our newly built wood fired kiln and supplying international wines from their bar and award winning cider from craft producer Secret Orchard.

 

 

 

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Jill Fanshawe-Kato: Japanese Pottery for Food and Drink
Oct
28
10:00 AM10:00

Jill Fanshawe-Kato: Japanese Pottery for Food and Drink

The day will begin with an illustrated talk on Japanese Pottery for food and drink followed by lunch, a demonstration and hands-on activity based on Jill’s work.

With a focus on Japanese food and drink, this masterclass and talk will trace the influences which have contributed to this unique cuisine. In the tea ceremony, which reached its zenith in the 16th century, numerous small ceramic dishes presented on lacquer trays would be used in ceremonies lasting many hours and attended by nobility and rulers of the country.

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Autumn Talk with Dr Bonnie Kemske: 'The Teabowl: East & West' at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives
Oct
11
1:00 PM13:00

Autumn Talk with Dr Bonnie Kemske: 'The Teabowl: East & West' at Porthmeor Studios, St Ives

In this talk the Leach Pottery is proud to present Dr Bonnie Kemske, author of the new book The Teabowl: East & West, who will look at the context of the teabowl as it arose in chanoyu, Japanese tea ceremony, and the changes it has undergone through its history.

Including images of famous teabowl styles, such as Raku and Oribe, with discussion about the cultural contexts of such legendary bowls. The talk will then move forward to the 20th and 21st centuries when this iconic ceramic form travelled from Japan to Europe and the Americas, and became ubiquitous in contemporary ceramics. Considering the losses and gains made when contemporary studio ceramicists appropriated the teabowl, Dr Kemske will ask ‘are contemporary teabowls still teabowls?’.

This is a free talk organised by the Leach Pottery, St Ives. Signed copies of 'The Teabowl: East & West' will be available to purchase on the day.

Book tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/autumn-talk-with-dr-bonnie-kemske-the-teabowl-east-west-tickets-36778827463

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Have a Go Thursday
Sep
21
10:30 AM10:30

Have a Go Thursday

Our ‘Have a Go’ sessions are led by our wonderful volunteer ‘Bob’ ; an experienced potter who makes pinch pot pots and burnishes them to a high finish.  He will teach you about the nature of clay and how to manipulate it into beautiful objects, which can either be taken home (unfired) or left as part of the display within the museum. 

 

All participation is free with museum admission.

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William Marshall: The Leach Pottery’s First Apprentice
Sep
11
1:00 PM13:00

William Marshall: The Leach Pottery’s First Apprentice

Talk by Dr Matthew Tyas

St Ives Art Club (Part of September Festival)

William Marshall (1923-2007) became the Leach Pottery’s first apprentice in 1938. Working at the Pottery until the late 1970s, Bill was the Foreman and sometimes the hands of Bernard Leach. Dr Matthew Tyas presents a review of Bill’s pots and practice that called on both Leach and Oriental traditions.

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Jim Malone Masterclass: Throwing Course
Sep
11
to Sep 13

Jim Malone Masterclass: Throwing Course

Designed for throwers who can throw a bowl and a basic cylinder and would like to get to the next level, revisit already familiar forms and develop them to a higher level.

Why is this jug fine but what makes this one sing?  The same thinking will be applied to finishing and decoration. 

Held in the original throwing room of the Leach Pottery, participants will enjoy the experience of working on Bernard Leach's historic kick wheels.

Maximum number of students: 5

Cost: £300 per person to include all materials

Level: Improvers

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Jim Malone: Preview
Sep
8
6:00 PM18:00

Jim Malone: Preview

The Leach Pottery is excited to present new pots by Jim Malone (born 1946) in his first solo exhibition of 2017. Jim will be selecting pots from his forthcoming summer kiln firings and is anticipating a range of forms including bottles, jugs, and tea bowls decorated with tenmoku, kaki, wood ash, and hakame glazes and surfaces.

Jim Malone has been making high-fired stoneware pottery and porcelain since the early 1970s: he works alone producing a wide range of individual pottery forms. One of Britain's foremost potters, Jim has exhibited widely in this country as well as in America, Germany and Hong Kong. Jim is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain.

There will be the opportunity to meet Jim Malone, and discuss his work, at the public Preview on 8 September 2017.

All welcome.

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Culture Camp for 13-18 Year Olds with St Ives School of Painting
Aug
6
11:00 AM11:00

Culture Camp for 13-18 Year Olds with St Ives School of Painting

In partnership with the St Ives School of Painting, we're running part of their Culture Camp at the Leach Pottery. This includes a one day pottery workshop involving a Museum visit, tile workshop and Raku Firing. All very exciting and engaging processes!

This workshop and visit is part of a wider Culture Camp which takes place over 4 weeks for the small fee of £25. For more information and to book a place, please visit: https://schoolofpainting.co.uk/young-people/culture-camp-summer-2017/

 

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Sweetshop Of Words
Jul
13
12:00 PM12:00

Sweetshop Of Words

Come and visit the Sweetshop of Words at The Leach Pottery where you will be given a small gold coin to buy something from the counter of conceptual confectionary. This interactive installation explores the notion of choice in our lives. Visitors will also have the opportunity to make their porcelain sweet with the help of one of the Leach Pottery team.

 All ages welcome. Free

http://www.sallycrabtree.co.uk/sweetshop-of-words/

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Two Previews One Evening: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ & 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'
Jun
16
6:00 PM18:00

Two Previews One Evening: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ & 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'

The Leach Pottery proudly presents a solo exhibition of Callum Trudgeon, the Pottery’s first fully trained Leach-Seasalt apprentice. It will feature Callum’s own standard ware including his range of domestic mugs, bowls, teabowls and one-off decorative works.

Also opening the same evening: 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'. An exhibition of new pots from members of our Studio Team. Inspired by the material of clay itself, this exhibition shows how some of our potters work with clay in their own time. Featuring pots by Laurence Eastwood, Matt Foster, Britta James, and Kat Wheeler.

You are warmly invited to attend the Preview on 16 June to share the opening with Callum and also enjoy some artisan Japanese quince liquor, made by Josh Quick of Wild St Ives, served in beakers made by Callum. Josh will also provide vegetarian sushi made with locally foraged food. In the Old Pottery, there will be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on our historic kick wheels.

Exhibition listings: 'Callum Trudgeon: An Apprenticeship’ also 'Clay in Practice: The Leach Studio'

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Glenn Lewis Slide Lecture
May
22
1:00 PM13:00

Glenn Lewis Slide Lecture

As part of a pop up show in the Old Workshop, Leach apprentice from the early 1960's, Glenn Lewis will be giving a slide lecture on 22nd May at 1pm in the library.

He will discuss his life and work in terms of a variety of different medium he has worked with: photography, performance, sculpture, ceramics - as well as memories and insights into his time as an apprentice at the pottery between 1961 – 63. 


Free event. 10 spaces available.
Please call the pottery if you would like to attend.

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One Day Handbuilding Workshop with Tamsin Trevorrow
Apr
13
10:00 AM10:00

One Day Handbuilding Workshop with Tamsin Trevorrow

Perfect for Beginners

Thursday April 13th. 10am-4pm.

Local Artist and Potter, Tamsyn Trevorrow is putting on a one day workshop for beginner pottery enthusiasts who want to have a go at producing beautiful hand made pottery. 

Work will be fired, glazed and returned at a later date.

Cost: £75 per person ( max. 10 people) Level: Any

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Hey Clay! Community Fun Day
Apr
8
10:00 AM10:00

Hey Clay! Community Fun Day

Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter. Organised in association with Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative.

Come along to the Leach Pottery in St Ives and make a clay character in one of our free sessions to help make a whole community of clay people.

The characters will be put on display in our courtyard as part of the exhibition Clay: That Continuous Material

Pre-booking for workshops is essential 

Click HERE for more information

*Free entry to museum   *Create a clay character to add to our community of clay figures   *Get messy with our Giant Clay Etch-A-Sketch   *Free throwing demonstrations in the old pottery
 

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Half Day Taster Session: Throwing
Mar
27
10:00 AM10:00

Half Day Taster Session: Throwing

Half-day introductory taster courses throwing on the potter's wheel. These courses offer an introduction to throwing for beginners, covering: clay preparation, wedging, centering clay on the wheel and throwing basic cylinders. Tuition is with one of our professional potters.

  • Monday 27th March, 22nd May, 24th July, 4th September, 13th November 2017

  • Cost: £50 per person, including tuition, materials and tools
  • 10am – 12.30pm
  • Please bring your own apron
  • Firing is not included but you are welcome to take your pots and have them fired elsewhere

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Preview evening, Japanese Connections: Celebrating the Leach Pottery's Japanese Links
Mar
24
6:00 PM18:00

Preview evening, Japanese Connections: Celebrating the Leach Pottery's Japanese Links

The Leach Pottery invites you to a preview evening to celebrate the opening of two new exhibitions:

‘Clay: That Continuous Material’ looks at the story of clay from the pioneering early days of the Leach Pottery, which made its own clays, to clay’s relationship with Cornwall.

 ‘Japanese Connections’ – is a selling exhibition showcasing our Japanese links which thrive to this day.

To celebrate this double-opening, the Leach Pottery is excited to welcome Jon Keast, owner of Scarlet Wines, Lelant, who will be offering an informal tasting of a whisky from Japan, a plum sake and a Cornish gin – all served in our Leach Porcelain Sake cups. 
Jon will be at the Leach Pottery from 6.30-7.30pm to serve the drinks and chat about them. There will also be the opportunity to have-a-go at throwing a pot on one of the wooden kick wheels in the Old Pottery under the guidance of one of our production potters.

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Linda Styles: The Essential Matter of Clay
Feb
28
to Mar 28

Linda Styles: The Essential Matter of Clay

A series of three workshops run at two week intervals in which participants will enter into the spirit of experimentation and imagination through a series of practical clay workshops, demonstrations and discussions.

Dates and times: Tuesdays February 28, March 14, March 28 2017, 10.30am - 3pm

Maximum number of students: 8

Cost: £210 per person to include tuition, materials and firing

Level: Any

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Have A Go Thursdays
Dec
15
to Dec 29

Have A Go Thursdays

‘Have A Go Thursdays’ is back throughout the Xmas holidays, 15th, 22nd, 29th December where we will be demonstrating and making Xmas tree decorations from a fine white air drying clay.  You will be able to use the tools and cutters to make your very own unique xmas decoration which you can take home and hang on your tree.

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